"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels for home heating, transportation and various industrial activities including mining, manufacturing and large-scale farming, is the primary cause of global climate change. Historically, this activity and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been the responsibility of the global North, or the wealthy, industrialized nations. Yet the burden of climate change –extreme weather events, drought, flooding, crop failures, destroyed fisheries and loss of habitat and homeland– is being disproportionately borne by poor and marginalized communities of the global South, peoples who are the least responsible for the changes we are seeing in the world today.
Climate change is thus more than a question of environmental sustainability; it is a question of justice. KAIROS believes that climate justice involves making real reductions in carbon emissions as well as addressing the social and economic inequities between the rich and the poor—both of these are inextricably linked.
Resources from KAIROS
- Fact sheet on Fossil Fuel Subsidies
- Fact sheet on Renewable Energy Plan
- Fact sheet on Putting a Price on Carbon
- Worship in Celebration of Earth Day
- Briefing paper: Federal Subsidies to Fossil Fuel Producers
- KAIROS policy paper: Re-energizing the Future: Faith and Justice in a Post-Petroleum World.
- Petition on subsidies to the oil and gas industry and federal initiatives for greenhouse gas emission reductions
- KAIROS Media Backgrounder Are Agrofuels Alternatives to Oil?
Resources from other groups
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